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1: Basic Midi Setup

Matt Stinton

8:00 · Keyboards

The first lesson in a series of six. Matt Stinton explains how to set up midi keyboards with computers.

1: Basic Midi Setup

Matt Stinton

Hardware, interfaces, and keyboard magic.

  • MIDI – Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Midi is a communication language between computers and things with computer chips e.g. Matt can have his keyboard talk to his laptop. You can store all sorts of sound in different software programs on your laptop, then if you travel (like Matt) you only need to take your laptop (and a few other things) to reproduce the sounds you want instead of hoping the destination has the right sounds there.

  • Midi opens up a whole world of sound.

How to use Midi:
  1. USB – plug it directly into your laptop and it’s all there
  2. Hook the Midi cable into the interface that your use, into your laptop.
  3. You need a 5-prong round Midi cable. Plug it into the Midi output on the keyboard.
  4. the other end of the cable plug into the input of your interface, Matt uses the PreSonus Firebox. This interface uses firewire and plugs directly into Matt’s Macbook.
  5. A lot of interfaces also have USB, it’s just a matter of personal preference.
  6. Some newer laptops don’t have firewire anymore, you may need to get an adaptor. When buying an interface, make sure you are going to be able to use it with your laptop.
  7. You do need to have a laptop that’s relatively new – within the last 4 years or so. RAM will need to be maxed out. Matt recommends a Macbook.